Thunder Sign Derek Fisher

6:40pm: The signing is official, the team has announced. Forward Ryan Reid has been waived to clear a roster spot for Fisher.

4:13pm: Derek Fisher and the Thunder have agreed to terms on a contract that will bring the point guard to Oklahoma City for the rest of the season, reports ESPN.com's Marc Stein. Fisher is due to clear waivers within an hour, at which point the two sides are expected to finalize the deal.

According to Stein, Oklahoma City's financial flexibility was a factor in giving them the edge over the Heat for Fisher's services. The Thunder still have a good portion of their mid-level exception remaining, and can offer Fisher part of that amount. The Heat could only have offered the 37-year-old a pro-rated portion of the veteran's minimum.

Fisher joins the Thunder after having been traded by the Lakers and then bought out by the Rockets. In 43 games for the Lakers this season, he averaged 5.9 PPG and 3.3 APG in 25.6 MPG, but became expendable when Los Angeles acquired Ramon Sessions.

The Thunder are scheduled to travel to the Staples Center to face the Lakers on March 29th and April 22nd, so Fisher will get multiple opportunities to face his former team, even if the two clubs don't meet in the postseason.

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4 Comments on "Thunder Sign Derek Fisher"


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Raymond Holguin
3 years 3 months ago

Im new to basketball so dumb question here…im still not understanding what the point of houston giving up a player + draft pick for Fisher only to buy him out (im assuming that means give him money) to become a free agent. It seems the rockets got totally screwed because they gave up money and players and have nothing to show for it???

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Raymond Holguin
3 years 3 months ago

makes more sense thanks

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Ethan Heth
3 years 3 months ago

i belive they paid fisher the rest of what he was owed this season (not much) to waive the last year of his contact (next season)

basicly they paid the rest of the seasons contract for a first round draft pick. the draft this year is suposed to be very deep in talent so over all it helped bolth teams alot. since the lakers got rid of a contract for next year and got a player from the rockets that will be a free agent after the season and saved alot in luxary tax. the rockets get a pick in the first round. win win

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Stephen Espinosa
3 years 3 months ago

cap space + 1st round pick was worth it to them.